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Fake gun leads to real trouble for Copley students

Copley police said students posted this picture of a toy gun and claimed it was a real weapon. Copley police said students posted this picture of a toy gun and claimed it was a real weapon.
COPLEY, OH (WOIO) -

Police Officers arrest two 10th grade students they say made violent threats on Facebook.

"How silly on their parts don't they know their names are on Facebook," said one Copley student.

The 15-year-old students allegedly threatened to kill classmates at Copley High School.

"You don't know if they were joking or not," said one student.

They also allegedly wrote about planting and detonating a bomb. The communication  began with the postings of a picture of a firearm, which they claimed to be real. That weapon turned out to be a picture of a toy gun from an action figure.

Some remarks were directed toward the high school band.  The threats were posted Thursday evening.  Classmates of the accused found out about the threats and told officials.

"School officials did the right thing and notified parents, still they need to follow up," said one parent. "You have got to be real careful what you say these days."

Superintendent Brian Poe says the district takes the situation very seriously.  Poe also says a student brought the threats to the principals attention Friday morning and school officials took immediate action.  Both students have been suspended and face criminal charges of delinquency by reason of making false alarm.

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